RUM: WHAT IS IT?

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Rum is a spirit made from sugar cane, produced by fermentation and then distillation. It is consumed white or aged in barrels (old rum). There are two categories of traditional rums:

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The Rhum Agricole : it is a rum that comes from the direct distillation of the natural juice (vesou) resulting from the crushing (carried out no later than 36 hours after cutting) of the canes and the transformation of its sugar into alcohol. The vesou, carefully filtered, is placed in fermentation tanks for 36 to 48 hours… and the liquid… turns into rum.

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Industrial rum: it comes from the distillation of molasses which is a residue of sugar refinery. Molasses ferments with yeasts. After distillation, the alcohol has a strength of 65 to 75% by volume. The legislation prohibiting more than 65 ° for the marketing of rums, it is remedied by adding distilled water.

HOW IS HE DRINKED?

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There are many ways to taste it, the ancestral tradition in the French West Indies being in "Ti Punch". Depending on the type of rum (White, Old, etc.) and the region of production, it is either drunk:

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Ti Punch : this is the traditional way of tasting Rhum Agricole.

It is a cocktail composed of cane sugar, lime wedges and lengthened Rum (White, Amber or Old). Some even put ice cubes in it (which can be a "sin" for many.

The Ti Punch recipe is often noted on the bottles of White Rum.

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Dry: "Dry" is the most natural way to taste a rum cad without adding anyone to it.

The aromas are indeed preserved and the tasting is therefore more personal. Old Rum is tasted like spirits such as Whiskey or Cognac, ie in a tasting glass (ideally specific to Eaux-de-vie).

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Iced : some white rums can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

The rum will be "struck, thus delivering all its aromas. It is advisable to use less rums with a higher alcohol content for this type of tasting (Longueteau 62 °, Bologne" Ice "or" Intense "from Karukera, Rum Bielle Premium. .)

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Cocktail : rum offers a multitude of variety of cocktails. The best known being Daiquiri, Mojito and Cuba Libre (generally made from Cuban rum like Baccardi or Havana Club) or Pina Colada